Idol Star Swings into Tarzan Role
12/09/2005 AT 12:00 PM EST
The show will feature a score by Phil Collins, who is expanding the musical possibilities from the 1999 Disney animated film version, for which he wrote the score.
During his Idol stint, it was often said that Strickland resembled the show's host, Ryan Seacrest. Strickland also appeared on Star Search 2004 and toured in the national company of Rent.
His Jane in the new show, which opens May 10 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, will be Jenn Gambatese, whose Broadway credits include the shows All Shook Up, Hairspray, A Year With Frog and Toad and Footloose. No word yet on who'll play Cheetah.
"We hope to bring a fresh perspective to the Tarzan legend, and we think that we have found a wonderful cast to make these roles their own," said Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions.